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Salads: A Brief History and My 61 Favorite Toppings

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Salads are interesting and diverse dishes with many variations, colors, flavors, textures, ingredients and fans as just about any dish known to man—and animals too since they are huge consumers/lovers of salads in their own right.

These delectable dishes are served as snacks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, main courses, and desserts.

According to Wikipedia the word “salad” comes from the French salade of the same meaning, from the Latin salata (salty), from sal (salt). In English, the word first appears as “salad” or “sallet” in the 14th century.

Salt is associated with salad because vegetables were seasoned with brine or salty oil-and-vinegar dressings during Roman times.

The terminology “salad days”, meaning a “time of youthful inexperience” (a notion of “green”), is first recorded by Shakespeare in 1606, while the use of salad bar first appeared in American English in 1976.

Wikipedia further states: “Food historians say the Romans and ancient Greeks ate mixed greens and dressing. In his 1699 book, Acetaria: A Discourse on Sallets, John Evelyn attempted with little success to encourage his fellow Britons to eat fresh salad greens.  Royalty dabbled in salads: Mary, Queen of Scots, ate boiled celery root over salad covered with creamy mustard dressing, truffles, chervil, and slices of hard boiled eggs.”

So there you have it—the word salad first appeared in the 14th century, the evil Romans gave us green salads topped with oil-and-vinegar dressing, a Brit named John Evelyn appears to be the first to shout the benefits of salad or salade and Mary, Queen of Scots, enjoyed creamy mustard dressing on her salad.

Who knew?

I wonder how Mary and Caesar would react if they popped in from the great beyond and happened to land in a Sizzler only to bestow their eyes upon that huge salad bar. Oh wait she can’t do that cause she has no head.  Poor Mary, she’d have to sit there while Caesar ate his favorite salad… and that isn’t a Cobb that’s for sure.

Okay history lessons over.  Let’s get down to the business at hand.  It is salad toppings you’re here for so it is salad toppings you’ll get—post haste.

My 61 Fav salad toppings

So who am I and why should you even read any further (that’s if you made it this far!?)

Well as you can already tell I’m a wanna be comedian whose first recollection of food is sitting in a booster seat with Granny eating salad, putting green beans in my ear.

I have been a faithful devotee of salad ever since, both for the nutritious benefits all the goodies salads include but also because I just enjoy the tastes. Salads send my taste-buds into nirvana with each dressing dripping bite.

Now I must be clear about one thing. I’m not much of a dessert type of salad lover. I prefer green salads piled high with all the tasty toppings I can get my hands on.

Such as (in no particular order or combination):

Beets

Artichoke hearts

Carrots

Raisins

Bell peppers

Feta cheese

Black olives

Turkey

Glazed walnuts

Sun dried tomatoes

Greek olives

Broccoli

Apples

Cucumbers

Corn

Cauliflower

Shallots

Red onion

Tuna

Chicken

Salami

Grapes

Black olives

Mozzarella (in moderation)

Blue cheese (in moderation)

Jack cheese (in moderation)

Pepper Jack Cheese (in moderation)

Salt

Pepper

Pickles

Mrs. Dash

Oil and vinegar

Honey

Prosciutto (in moderation)

BBQ chicken (cooked with Low-Cal BBQ sauce)

Low-Cal ranch

Brussel sprouts (yummy really)

Almonds

Sunflower seeds

Hard-boiled eggs (in moderation)

Cabbage

Jalapenos

Radishes

Fresh thyme

Free dill

Yogurt (low-fat)

Pepperoni (in moderation)

Mangos

Cottage cheese (low-fat)

Cashews

Roasted peppers

Shrimp

Crab

Scallops

Fish

Green beans

Okra

Pasta

Tortillas

Croutons

Sesame seeds

OK I could go on for hours but it’s time to get dinner ready.

Bet you can’t guess what we’re having…

Now surely there are a few things in the that list that everyone you’re responsible for feeding will find appealing. Give it to them then slowly while introducing other ingredients. If they must use an unhealthy dressing it’s OK.

The key is introducing healthy foods is slowly, not in a pushy way.

What are some of your favorite toppings you load your salads up with? Please let us know by leaving a comment below or you can visit our main site and leave a comment there.

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2 responses »

  1. I do enjoy most on your list, but I would definitely have to add cranberries! YUMZ!

    Reply

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